Otto “Doug” Minter

Apr. 12, 1923 - Dec. 10, 2014

Otto “Doug” Minter, a longtime Carson City businessman and a World War II veteran, died December 10, 2014, at the age of 91. Doug Minter was born on April 12, 1923, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He was the son of Edgar “Frank” and Hazel Minter. When he was 19 years old he enlisted in the United States Navy Air Corps. He served as a radio operator on a B24 bomber, flying missions out of Dunkeswell, England, for 13 months. Doug met his bride-to-be, Elizabeth Florence Taylor, while both worked for a California construction company. The couple married in March of 1950 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before Elizabeth died in 2010. Doug and Elizabeth moved to Carson City in 1964. In the early 1970s, the couple founded Tip Top Amusement Company. The business eventually grew into northern Nevada’s largest amusement game operator. Doug served on the national board of the Amusement and Music Operators of America (AMOA) for many years. He was also key in establishing the Amusement and Vending Operators of Nevada (AVON). Doug retired from Tip Top Amusement in 2010. Two of his sons and two of his grandsons continue working in the amusement/vending industry. Doug is survived by three sons: Gary (Lisa) of Gardnerville, Nevada; Bob (Lehia) of Brookings, Oregon; and Russell (Lora) of Elko, Nevada; ten grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and his beloved dog Daisy. Funeral services will be held 1:30 pm on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City, Nevada. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to any charity that supports Veterans, Animal Welfare or the AMOA Hesch Scholarship Fund in Doug’s name, 600 Spring Hill Ring Road Suite 111, W. Dundee, Illinois, 60118.


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